Llanwrda ‘Golden’ girl’s royal date
8:20am Monday 17th September 2012 in News
A LLANWRDA schoolgirl with a golden touch is looking forward to her date with royalty.
Kathryn Goddard is just one of hundreds of young achievers fromacross theUK who will be heading to St James’s Palace on November 14 to meet HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Kathryn, who attends Queen Elizabeth High School in Carmarthen, has achieved her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
She will travel to London to receive her certificate from the Duke himself.
The Gold Award Presentation (GAP) is a celebration and recognition of Kathryn’s achievements in completing her Gold DofE programme. The GAP is a unique event and a fitting culmination to mark the hard work, determination and perseverance required.
Kathryn worked tirelessly through the five sections of her DofE programme over 18 months to achieve her award.
Her diverse activities included taking dogs for walks to help out local friends and neighbours, and helping to teach a local cricket club whose ages ranged from six to 13. She enjoyed hockey and horse riding for her physical section and volunteered at a dog sanctuary in the Netherlands for her residential placement.
She raised the money by asking local businesses and friends, with the largest donation coming from the Llandovery Rotary Club.
Throughout her DofE, Kathryn was able to prove herself to be a great team member, compassionate and determined.
Kathryn said: “The DofE has had a massive impact on my life. It enabled me to put something positive back into the community which was really exhilarating, especially when it came to the experience I had at the dog sanctuary in the Netherlands.
“I have gained so much self-confidence, self-assurance and pride within myself from what I have achieved through this award.
“It has helped me to develop important skills needed for life and has given me the courage to try out different sports such as rock climbing and caving. I would recommend it to everyone.”